Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Diverse Reads

Posted September 10, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, historical, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme wasn’t working for me so I decided to go rogue 😉 and talk about some of my favorite diverse reads, specifically with ethnically diverse characters & blended cultures. For more diverse reads, you can check out a blog I contribute to – Diversity Between The Pages.

And for those who were disappointed that I didn’t go over 10 last week (LOL) I more than make up for that this week 😉

Visit the Maple Run series by Toni Shiloh
for mouthwatering food, compelling characters and touching romance!

Hungry for a good cozy mystery?
Definitely check out the Noodle Shop Mysteries by Vivien Chien

Prepare to fall in love with Red Shirt
in Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

Set against the stunning landscape of Kenya,
the From Kenya, With Love series by Rula Sinara is a feast for the senses.

In This Courageous Journey by Misty M. Beller, we meet Daniel,
a complex character wrestling with the many dimensions & nuances of his heritage

Love Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Food?
Plan a trip to the Kebab Kitchen Mysteries by Tina Kashian

Sydney Tooman Betts’ People of the Book series will make God’s Word come alive for you in fresh ways, seeing His Story from the Native American’s perspective with new eyes

Terri J. Haynes’ “Legacy of Love” in The Runaway Brides Collection
is a sweet romance & also gives insight into a different perspective on the Reconstruction era

Pick up any book by Lori Benton for an emotional
and compelling story of blended cultures that will linger long in your heart

In Camy Tang’s Protection for Hire series,
we get well-defined & layered (sometimes hilarious) characters, romance, humor, faith,
cultural diversity & smartly-plotted suspense (with martial arts!)

Pick up the Secrets of Rios Azules suspense series by Alexa Verde
and meet a diverse group of friends & multicultural relationships

Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home quite simply changed my life,
the compelling inside look at the underground Chinese church.

I love the biracial characters – and relationships
in Ruth Logan Herne’s Shepherd’s Crossing series from Love Inspired

The Creek Country Saga from April Gardner is powerful
and emotional as it highlights a period of history we don’t often read about

The Esther Paradigm (and swoony Karim) by Sarah Monzon
is bravely unique to Christian fiction but it is here ‘for such a time as this’.

I love Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings,
a retelling of the biblical story of Ruth & Naomi, with a young Mexican widow
learning to navigate the ways of the American West

The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser is a
multicultural, multi-continent story that will open your eyes

I so enjoyed the Side By Side series from Jana Kelley;
Mia’s relationships with her Muslim friends speak to my heart so dearly

Millie may only have a supporting role in The Memoir of Johnny Devine
by Camille Eide, but I adore her character. Not to mention
the unforgettable side plot involving racial oppression and how it directly affects her.

What about you? What are some of your favorite diverse reads/authors? Have you read any of these books – or do any really stand out to you for your TBR pile?

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20 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Diverse Reads

  1. Such a great list, Carrie! Safely Home is a life changing book! I just got People of the Book on Laura Frantz’s recommendation. The theme wasn’t working for me either so I did books I need to move up on my TBR. I found so many hiding in my bookcase while organizing. ?❤️

  2. patsy curry

    So many good books on your post today! I truly believe we need more diversity in Christian fiction. I would add Unbound by Grace: a Novella in the Grace series by Michelle Massaro. Grace in the Flames should be read first. It is an amazing series!

  3. Caitlyn Santi

    Awesome picks, Carrie! I adore the Maple Run series! I also enjoyed Courting Morrow Little, and The Memoir of Johnny Devine. I’ve read the prequel novella to Alexa’s series and am excited to read more of the series. The Esther Paradigm is the only book of Sarah’s that I haven’t yet read, I need to bump it up on my TBR! ?

  4. Didn’t see this until now, Carrie. Honored and delighted that Johnny D made the list. 🙂 Thank you!! My most recent book (Wings Like a Dove) takes a deeper look at the ever-present need for unity in diversity, for grace, and understanding.

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